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Differentiated Instruction in Tech Training

Varied approaches to technology professional development.
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Caitlin Cahill

on 18 December 2013

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Transcript of Differentiated Instruction in Tech Training

Time:
Varies

Instruction:
Inquiry, Direct

Format:
Multimedia texts, screencasts

Focus:
Varies

Credit:
None (Previously gave CEUs for Atomic Learning)

Pros
Immediate, individualized answers

Cons
Only as effective as a teacher's digital literacy skills
Time: 6
hrs / day

Instruction:
Direct, Inquiry, Cooperative

Format:
Lecture, Practice, Exploring

Focus:
Attendees dictate the topics and time spent on each

Credit:
CEUs, Pay

Pros
Time with team/department
Hands-on experience
Produce usable lesson material
Exposure to variety of devices

Cons
Summer Vacation
Workshop on a specific topic
Preparation
Evaluation
Summer Academy 1.0
Online Course
Tech Tool Demos
Staff Development Days
On-demand
Mentoring
Self-help
User Group
Format
Complexity + Existing knowledge
Difficulty
Lecture, text, images, video
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learning Styles (Oral, Visual, Kinetic)
Instruction Method
Direct instruction, inquiry-based, cooperative
Time
Focus
Covering one topic in depth vs a breadth of topics
Length and frequency of sessions
Multi-hour workshop; short, one-time teaser; course of multiple sessions
Method of gaining knowledge
Amount and variety of topics
Inspiration
Lesson Content
Skill
Desire and idea of how to apply new info
Tangible content
E.g. SMART Board lesson, podcast, website
Ability to continue applying new knowledge without help
What's new?
When I need this, I do that
Post-session survey
What did they learn
What did they like about the class
Was the format of the class effective
Suggestions for improvement
Written Survey • Google Form
Discussion • PollEverywhere
Follow Up
Go back to staff at a later date and ask:
Are the using what they learned?
Do they need more help?
Examples
Who are you teaching?
Their goal • Role • Grade Level • Subject
Existing Knowledge/Skill • Attitude
How do you know?
Registration / RSVP • Pre-assessment
Marketing
Reach out to your target audience
Appeal to specific individuals
Differentiated Instruction
in Professional Development

learn.caitlincahill.com
Two weeks of hands-on workshop during summer break
Time:
3 hrs / session

Instruction:
Direct, Inquiry

Format:
Lecture, Practice

Focus:
Single topic, in-depth

Credit:
CEUs, Pay

Pros
Hands-on experience
Produce usable lesson material
Group by skill level

Cons
Summer Vacation
Time: 1-
8 hrs (1 hour / unit)*

Instruction:
Inquiry, Cooperative

Format:
Multimedia

Focus:
Multiple topics, in-depth

Credit:
CEUs, Pay

Pros
Modeled effective online course
Teachers chose units based on interest
Each unit results in a work product
Inspired each other

Cons
Learning online new to most; struggled with lack of immediate support
Self-paced virtual course covering a variety of technology tools
Time:
Demo - 10 mins; Optional work time - 1hr

Instruction:
Direct

Format:
Lecture

Focus:
One topic, brief

Credit:
CEUs only if stay for the hour

Pros
Small commitment on teachers' part
Exposure to new tools

Cons
Difficult to avoid schedule conflicts with other meetings
Time:
1 hour

Instruction:
Direct

Format:
Lecture, Practice, Exploring

Focus:
One topic,

Credit:
CEUs

Pros
Good attendance

Cons
Wide range of skill level and existing knowledge
Not everyone is there by choice
Short sessions integrated into mandatory professional days
Time
: as long as needed (~1 hour)

Instruction
: Direct

Format:
Lecture

Focus:
One topic

Credit:
PLC hours

Pros
Individualized attention

Cons
When multiple teachers have the same question, can be ineffective use of time to meet with each separately
Staff-initiated 1:1 or small group training
Time:
1 hour sessions, weekly / semi-weekly

Instruction:
Direct

Format:
Practice

Focus:
Varies. Some teachers want to learn about a new topic each session, others want to explore one topic in-depth over several weeks.

Credit:
None

Pros
Individualized attention
Increased confidence

Cons
Time consuming
1:1 training with purpose of improving overall technology skills
Tech support wiki
Time:
~ 1 hour, quarterly

Instruction:
Cooperative

Format:
Discussion

Focus:
Single topic, e.g. iOS devices, Moodle

Credit:
None

Pros
Share experiences with other teachers - what has worked well and what hasn't

Cons
Teachers don't think they are doing anything worth sharing
Schedule conflicts, especially across buildings
Casual gathering of staff interested in a specific topic, e.g. iPads
Product
Methods of
Differentiation

Summer Academy 2.0
Pseudo Unconference by Grade/Subject
learn.caitlincahill.com/moodle
After-school demo of a specific tool with time to play
After-school Workshop
Time:
30 mins -1 hour

Instruction:
Direct

Format:
Lecture, Practice

Focus:
One topic, brief

Credit:
CEUs if stay the hour

Pros
In-person assistance

Cons
Difficult to avoid schedule conflicts with other meetings
Individual skills level and interests vary
*Not an actual depiction
Speed-dating with technology
Speed-Geeking
Time:
1 hour

Instruction:
Inquiry

Format:
Exploration

Focus:
Multiple topics, brief

Credit:
CEUs

Pros
Exposure to new tools
Fun

Cons
Takes a lot of prep work
Project-based
Time: Half or full-day

Instruction: Direct, Inquiry, Cooperative

Format: Teachers work on a specific project with help nearby

Focus: One project

Credit: None

Pros
Individualized attention
Focused work time

Cons
During the school year, requires teacher to be out of the classroom
Individual or small-group work session
Image by Nick Frost
Meeting Tracker
Record each meeting via form
Analyze trends
Reference
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